Lahore Qalandars overtakes Islamabad United to become table toppers

Lahore Qalandars celebrates after taking a wicket. Photo: Twitter / PSL

Islamabad United’s Shadab Khan bet to use Hussain Talat for the penultimate proved costly as Lahore Qalandars edged out the double champions to climb to the top of the table after resuming the sixth edition of the Pakistani Super League (PSL) at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dabi on Wednesday.

The Afghan player’s consecutive limits in the final allowed Lahore Qalandars to win the match on the last point of the match.

Following the well-deserved victory, the Qalandars are now at the head of the table with 8 points to their credit.

Rashid scored 15 points on 5 balls, while Qalandars skipper Sohail Akhtar took the lead, scoring 40 points – the highest individual score in innings – before being sacked by Fawad Ahmed.

Mohammad Hafeez scored 29 points, Tim David 23, Ben Dunk 17, while Fakhar Zaman and Muhammad Faizan scored 9 points each.

Meanwhile, at Islamabad United, Hasan Ali took two wickets, while Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan and Fawad Ahmed were able to take one each.

Earlier, Islamabad United had set a goal of 144 races for Lahore Qalandars. None of the United players except 27-year-old Faheem Ashraf have managed to score more than 20 points.

United put in a mediocre batting effort after their first order – Usman Khawaja, 18, Colin Munro, 11, Rohail Nazir, 8 – collapsed, and the middle order could give little heats momentum .

Colin Munro and hoe town newbie Usman Khawaja opened for United, while Shaheen Shah Afridi started bowling for the Qalandars.

James Faulkner took three wickets, Haris Rauf and Ahmed Daniyal two each, and Shaheen Shah Afridi and Rashid Khan were able to choose one wicket each.

The Qalandars managed to keep their shots and line-up tight as they were able to narrow United to a struggling 143.

It was the first PSL 2021 game where the two teams faced each other.

Before the start of the match, Islamabad United had won 3 out of 4 matches and were above Lahore Qalandars on the basis of the Net Run Rate (NRR) on the points table.


Lahore Qalandars: Fakhar Zaman, Sohail Akhtar, Muhammad Faizan, Mohammed Hafeez, Ben Dunk (wicket keeper), Tim David, James Faulkner, Rashid Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Ahmed Daniyal, Haris Rauf

Islamabad United: Colin Munro, Usman Khawaja, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Hussain Talat, Rohail Nazir (wicket keeper), Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Wasim, Fawad Ahmed

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